Writing reviews is scary!

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Have you ever loved something so much you were afraid to review it? It is pretty rare for me, but sometimes I just can’t make myself do it.

Normally today would be devoted to a Media Monday post. A few weeks ago I borrowed a movie from a friend that I’ve wanted to see for a long time. Knowing I didn’t have a post for today yet, I sat down to watch planning to write a review. 2 hours later, I knew I couldn’t do it. I loved it, and I suppose I could heap praises on it, but I just… can’t.

For one thing, when I love something that much, be it book, movie, song, whatever, it becomes personal. I’ll admit I have a bit of an obsessive streak – when I love something I want to know every little thing about it. The book, or in this case movie, becomes so much a part of my life that I’m almost embarrassed to share my obsession. At the same time I’m worried that others won’t agree with me, and because it has become so personal it would be really difficult to not take it personally if someone didn’t agree with me.

The other problem is that in writing reviews that are balanced, I have to sit down and make a list of things I liked and find some things I didn’t like. I’m pretty good at nit-picking – I was always a better small scale editor than big picture editor anyway. But looking at it in that much detail would ruin the magic. It’s like in that How I Met Your Mother episode about shattered illusions – once you notice something that bothers you, you will never be able to stop noticing it.

So, in short, there won’t be a review today. I need to keep this obsession to myself a little bit longer.

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11 Responses to “Writing reviews is scary!”

  1. Nancy says:

    I’ve had the same issues with writing reviews. Some people think it’s easy to just sit down and write what you thought of a book, but it can be pretty difficult to do. Especially if you have really strong feelings (positive or negative) about the book. :) Good luck!

    • Anne says:

      Thanks! It’s always harder with the strong emotions – I feel like I should give a balanced review, and if it’s ALL LOVE ALL THE TIME, that’s not exactly balanced, even if it’s what I feel, you know?

  2. I can TOTALLY understand this. It’s like when Mumford & Sons’ first album came out. I absolutely LOVED it and whenever I listened to it, all I wanted to do was cry. It wasn’t because the songs were about anything happening in my world, but just the sheer beauty of the music and how I could feel the musicians’ love through the songs. To this day, I still want to cry when I listen to it.

    I’m interested to know what movie you’re talking about! I love finding a new favourite movie. :)

    • Anne says:

      Maybe someday I’ll tell you what it was ๐Ÿ˜‰ See, as a self-proclaimed nerd, I’m incredibly embarrassed that I hadn’t seen anything in this particular fandom (even though what I watched was from 2009 it started in, like, the 60’s or something). So it’s not just that I’m obsessed with it, because other people are mega-obsessed too. It’s that I’m REALLY late in jumping on the bandwagon lol. I’m now wondering why the EFF I didn’t try it sooner! ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. I definitely can relate to that! You put yourself out there when you post reviews. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and sometimes they don’t match your own. Even though I intellectually know this–it is still hard emotionally. I have favorites that I have never mentioned nor written a review for too and I don’t know if I will be able to do so either. :)

    • Anne says:

      Yes! That’s it exactly! By saying I love something, I put myself up for judgement, and sometimes I just know I won’t be able to handle that!

  4. I’m always afraid that I can’t express my love enough; that nobody truly understands how much the book means to me. That they don’t feel the way I feel. That I can’t find the best words to describe it. So yeah, sometimes it can be scary to review something you utterly love, but I always try :p

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